Joanna Macy & The Work That Reconnects (WTR)
Eco-philosopher Joanna Macy PhD, is a scholar of Buddhism, general systems theory, and deep ecology. A respected voice in the movements for peace, justice, and ecology, she interweaves her scholarship with five decades of activism. As the root teacher of the Work That Reconnects, she has created a ground-breaking theoretical framework for personal and social change, as well as a powerful workshop methodology for its application.
Her wide-ranging work addresses psychological and spiritual issues of the nuclear age, the cultivation of ecological awareness, and the fruitful resonance between Buddhist thought and contemporary science. The many dimensions of this work are explored in her books Despair and Personal Power in the Nuclear Age, Dharma and Development, Thinking Like a Mountain, Mutual Causality in Buddhism and General Systems Theory, Rilke’s Book of Hours and In Praise of Mortality (with Anita Barrows), Coming Back to Life: Practices to Reconnect Our Lives, Our World (with Molly Young Brown), Joanna’s memoir entitled Widening Circles, World as Lover, World as Self, A Year With Rilke (with Anita Barrows), and Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We're In Without Going Crazy (with Chris Johnstone).
Many thousands of people around the world have participated in Joanna’s workshops and trainings. Her group methods, known as the Work That Reconnects, have been adopted and adapted yet more widely in classrooms, churches, and grassroots organizing. Her work helps people transform despair and apathy, in the face of overwhelming social and ecological crises, into constructive, collaborative action. It brings a new way of seeing the world, as our larger living body, freeing us from the assumptions and attitudes that now threaten the continuity of life on Earth.
You can find a wealth of information at www.workthatreconnects.org. Our favorite books include World As Love, World As Self, Widening Circles, and Coming Back to Life.